The Damned Things

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The Damned Things
Joe Trohman (left) and Keith Buckley performing with the Damned Things in 2010
Joe Trohman (left) and Keith Buckley performing with the Damned Things in 2010
Background information
OriginNew York, U.S.
Years active
  • 2009–2012
  • 2016–present[1]
LabelsNuclear Blast, Mercury
Past members

The Damned Things are an American rock supergroup consisting of Fall Out Boy's Joe Trohman and Andy Hurley, Anthrax's Scott Ian, Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley, and Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano.[2] The band's name is inspired by the lyrics in Ram Jam's 1977 version of "Black Betty".[3][4]


In 2008, Joe Trohman and Scott Ian met and began writing music together.[5] They invited Keith Buckley, Rob Caggiano and Andy Hurley soon after.[5] The band played its first show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, New York, on June 1, 2010, and their first UK show in London at Heaven on June 10.[4][6] They also played on the second stage at the Download Festival on June 13, 2010, and on the Helvíti stage at the Copenhell Festival on June 12, 2010.[7] The first single, "We've Got a Situation Here", was released on iTunes on October 25, 2010. The songs "Ironiclast" and "We've Got a Situation Here" were released together as a 7" vinyl and CD single on November 26, 2010, through Metal Club stores. On October 21, 2010, the band released the song "Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)" via their Facebook and Myspace, as well as their first album's artwork.[8]

The Damned Things performing live at Metaltown Festival in June 2011

On November 29, 2010, the band released the song "Little Darling" for free streaming through[9] The band's first album, Ironiclast was released on December 14, 2010, through Island Records.[10] Trohman has mentioned that for the album, the band was aiming for a blues- and riff-oriented heavy/classic rock sound, and combining elements from their own bands, going for a traditional hard rock sound combined with the heavier aspects of Anthrax and Every Time I Die and the hook-laden choruses of Fall Out Boy.[11] Trohman has mentioned such bands as Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin as having influences on the record.[12] In an interview in December 2010, Trohman confirmed that Josh Newton (formerly of Every Time I Die and From Autumn to Ashes) had joined the band as a full-time bass guitarist.[13]

In 2011, the band played the Download Festival and Hellfest 2011,[14] and released a second single, "Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)".[15] They were scheduled to also play the Australian Soundwave Revolution festival in September–October 2011, but the festival was cancelled and in its place the band played on the Australian Counter-Revolution mini-festival.

A previously unreleased song by the band, "Trophy Widow", was released on the soundtrack of the video game Batman: Arkham City on October 4, 2011, while the game was released two weeks later, on October 18.

In August 2018, during his co-host duties on the Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall podcast, Scott Ian confirmed new music was on the way after stating "we're all friends and we're all in contact with each other on a regular basis, and I can say that there is, possibly, a record, but that's all I'm gonna say about it"[16]

The band announced they would be playing the Welcome To Rockville festival in May 2019.[17]

On February 20, 2019, the band posted a new lineup photo on their social media pages, which included Alkaline Trio's Dan Andriano in place of Rob Caggiano and Josh Newton who have departed the band.[18] On February 21, the band released the first single from their forthcoming album High Crimes called "Cells". The music video features hilarious antics similar to their earlier music videos.[19]

The band released their second album High Crimes on April 26, 2019, through Nuclear Blast.[20] Loudwire named it one of the 50 best rock albums of 2019.[21]

Band members[edit]


  • Keith Buckley – lead vocals (2009–2012, 2016–present)
  • Joe Trohman – lead guitar, backing vocals (2009–2012, 2016–present) rhythm guitar (2010–2012)
  • Scott Ian – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2009–2012, 2016–present)
  • Andy Hurley – drums (2009–2012, 2016–present)
  • Dan Andriano – bass, backing vocals (2019–present)


  • Rob Caggiano – lead guitar (2010–2012), backing vocals (2009–2012), bass (2009–2010)
  • Josh Newton – bass (2010–2012, 2016-2019)



Studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions
Hard Rock
2010 Ironiclast
  • Released: December 14, 2010
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: CD, DD
1 32 10
2019 High Crimes
  • Released: April 26, 2019
  • Label: Nuclear Blast
  • Formats: CD, DD, Vinyl (Limited Edition)
Year Title Peak Positions Album
U.S. Main.
2010 "We've Got a Situation Here" 25 Ironiclast
2011 "Friday Night (Going Down in Flames)"
2019 "Cells" High Crimes
"Something Good"
Music videos
Year Song Album Director(s)
2010 "We've Got a Situation Here" Ironiclast Brendon Small
2019 "Cells" High Crimes Brandon Dermer
"Something Good" Kris Baldwin


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  12. ^ "Trohman Births The Damned Things". Archived from the original on March 24, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2010.
  13. ^ "Interview with Josh Trohman on". Archived from the original on December 14, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  14. ^ "Hellfest Artists". Archived from the original on May 13, 2011.[better source needed]
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  16. ^ Brown, Paul (August 20, 2018). "Wall of Sound: Up Against The Wall Episode #51 feat. Adam Kiefel of PurEnvy is OUT NOW". Wall of Sound. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  17. ^ "The Damned Things Are Back And Have Announced A Show". Rock Sound Magazine. December 4, 2018. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  18. ^ brownypaul (February 21, 2019). "We've Got A Situation Here: The Damned Things are baaacckkk!!!". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  19. ^ brownypaul (February 22, 2019). "The Damned Things unveiled their hilarious music video for 'Cells'". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  20. ^ "The Damned Things". The Damned Things. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  21. ^ "The 50 Best Rock Albums of 2019". Loudwire. Townsquare Media. December 5, 2019. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  22. ^ a b c "The Damned Things Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2012.

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